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EIU New Student and Family Programs


We are so excited to have you join our EIU family!

Your success at Eastern Illinois University is determined not only by the quality of your academic work, but also by how quickly you connect to the campus. To assist you in your transition, EIU requires you to participate in Orientation and Welcome Weekend - our two-part process to becoming an official EIU student.

Part 1: Orientation, Advisement & Registration

Coming to college opens a new chapter in your life. The transition from high school to the university setting is an exciting time filled with a myriad of opportunities. This transition also raises a number of questions and concerns regarding your first year here at Eastern Illinois University. We promise your Orientation day will provide you with more than a class schedule; it will prepare and excite you for your first year at EIU.

Registering for a program

Once you have paid your Enrollment Deposit of $150, you can sign up for an Orientation date through MyEIU. First year students will be e-mailed an invitation to the program. The invitation will contain a program reservation link to myEIU. Students will need to complete the reservation form online to secure a program date.

Students Entering Summer or Fall 2024 

Monday, June 3, 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Monday, June 10, 2024 (for Gateway students only) 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Thursday, June 27, 2024 (for Gateway students only) 
Monday, July 8, 2024
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Monday, July 22, 2024
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Part 2: Welcome Weekend

You will participate in EIU's Welcome Weekend prior to the Fall semester. For students enrolling in the Fall 2024, you will participate in Welcome Weekend from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, 2024.You can learn more about Welcome Weekend by clicking here.

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New Student & Family Programs

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6435

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